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Arts project gets three more years' funding

Transported, the Boston and South Holland arts organisation, has been awarded a grant of £700,000 from Arts Council England to continue its programme from 2016 to 2019.

Transported is part of Arts Council England's national initiative Creative People and Places, which is funded by money from the National Lottery, and is about more people taking the lead in choosing, creating and taking part in art experiences in the places where they live. It focuses specifically on parts of the country where people's involvement in the arts is statistically significantly below the national average.

Transported aims to get more people in Boston borough and South Holland district enjoying and participating in arts activities. 

Since the launch in May, 2013, more than 60,000 people have attended Transported events, put on at nearly 150 venues.

Transported will now move into an exciting and ambitious development stage in which it will work in closer partnership with local authorities, private businesses and community groups to build a robust infrastructure to support arts delivery.

A big part of Transported's work will be to support community groups developing exciting projects that are successful at bringing more investment to the area.  Transported will be developing an innovative arts in the workplace programme with new business partners.

Nick Jones, Programme Director, said: "Boston Borough Council has embraced the opportunity to work with Transported to develop exciting and ambitious plans for public festivals that harness high levels of participation and celebrate local history, especially exciting in the run up to the Mayflower 400 international celebration, of which Boston is an important element."

Cllr Claire Rylott, Boston Borough Council's portfolio holder for grounds and open spaces, including leisure services, said: "The announcement of extra funding is fantastic news. We are very grateful to Transported for supporting community-based initiatives in Boston, such as art on our bin lorries and improvements to the open space near St Botolph's footbridge. We look forward to continuing to work with Nick and his team to deliver more projects."

The Arts Council has emphasised that successful projects will need to generate more income, either through local or strategic funds or workshop fees and tickets sales. The Transported team will be working with future partners and participants, service providers and local authorities to make sure Boston and South Holland can get the funding needed and can ensure the arts flourish beyond the current funding.

Boston Mayor, Cllr Richard Austin, said: "The renewal of funding from the Arts Council is brilliant news for both Boston and South Holland. The initial funding has helped to make the area a better and more interesting place to live and has enabled people's lives to be enhanced in a multitude of ways. I look forward to the new projects."